Instructional Design and Development (IDD) Certificate


The Instructional Design and Development (IDD) Certificate is a 15 credit hour program. These courses may be taken in any order. The IDD Certificate courses are as follows:

IDD Required Core Courses

ISD 613 – Instructional Learning Strategies
ISD 621 - Instructional Design
ISD 622 – Advanced Instructional Design
ISD 642 – Project Coordination
ISD 653 – Developing Online Instruction

Who can apply?

  • Current IDD master's and doctoral students may complete the certificate program while working on their degree program. (Students must notify the COE Graduate Studies Office of the intent to pursue this certificate.)
    • When degree program is complete and IDD certificate courses are complete, the IDD certificate notation will be added to the transcript. 
  • Students who would like to pursue the IDD certificate independent of a degree program can make application through the Office of Admissions.  Interested Individuals will need to have a bachelor's degree. 
    • When courses are complete, the IDD certificate notation will be added to the transcript.

How to Apply to the IDD Certificate Program

If you are not a currently enrolled student in a graduate program (master’s or doctorate), then you will need to apply for admission to one of the certificate programs.


Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.

Official Transcript must be mailed to:
University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9218
Watertown, MA 02471

(Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)

2. GPA Requirement: 

  • Regular Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
  • Provisional Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.

3. Official GRE or MAT exam scores.

4. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study (Upload document within application).

5. Two letters of recommendation.

6. Resume (Upload document within application).

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Advising by an IDD Faculty

Once admitted to a certificate program, an academic advisor will be appointed to monitor your progress toward completion of the certification requirements.

Progress and Requirements for Certificate Programs are as follows:

  • A certificate faculty advisor will be appointed upon admission to the program. Additionally, a Certificate Committee would be established to monitor the progress of students on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Satisfactory student progress will be a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all certificate program courses and all work attempted is required. A maximum of two Cs can be counted. No grades of D or F may be counted. If a third C or any grade below a third C is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Moving to the Master's Degree program

Individuals in a certificate program may decide to continue studies within a degree program. Having been admitted as a student in a designated certificate program, the individual will need to reapply for the IDD master' program. Upon acceptance, the student will then be enrolled in the master’s degree program and the certificate courses that were successfully completed will apply towards the degree requirements.

The USA Bulletin  2016-2017 provides more information on application and admission policy for the IDD certificate program.


 For More Information Contact:

Instructional Design & Development Program

College of Education and Professional Studies

UCOM 3800

Ph: (251) 380-2861

Fax: (251) 380-2713

gmclean@southalabama.edu